Console gamers only have a few more weeks left before Monster Hunter: World officially launches. However, the PC version was reportedly delayed to autumn 2018.
When the monster-slaying role-playing game was initially announced, Capcom gave out the exact release date for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version. The developer recently confirmed that the console versions are on track for their January 2018 launch. However, the PC version was delayed significantly without any explanation, which is definitely frustrating for players gaming on a PC.
Now, in a recent interview, the game's producer discussed the reasons as to why it was delayed that long.
Developer Defends Delay
Ryozo Tsujimoto, the producer for Monster: Hunter World, offered an explanation as to why his team needed around six months to release the PC version.
"For the main Monster Hunter game, this is our first PC title," said the producer, "and it's something we want to make sure we get right. So rather than having it taking up resources during the console development and it not being able to have our full attention on it, we want to get console out the door and then we're going to take some extra time and try to get the PC version as good as possible."
It was further revealed that the developers encountered challenges with online matchmaking. Tsujimoto pointed out that unlike the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with their respective matchmaking servers, the PC is altogether much different unless the game is exclusively on Steam.
One More Beta Before Launch
Capcom confirmed that Monster Hunter: World will get one more beta before it launches. Unfortunately, Xbox One and PC gamers will not be able to participate since it is exclusive to the PlayStation 4. From Jan. 18 to Jan. 22, 2018, players can hunt down the Great Jagras, Barroth, AnJanath, and the Nergigante, which is the title's featured beast.
The developers also revealed that post-launch DLC will be on its way this spring and will reintroduce the series' most violent creature yet, the Deviljho.
Exclusive Items For Japan
The team-based RPG's popularity in Japan is well-documented and Capcom plans to release limited edition products to commemorate the launch of Monster Hunter: World. One of those items is the Dualshock 4 Rathalos Edition, which is the same one bundled in the very limited PlayStation 4 Pro Monster Hunter: World Rathalos Edition Bundle that came out last December.
Fans can also opt for other collaboration merchandise such as credit cards, a keyboard, a couple of headsets, and an upcoming eyewear collection. Given that these are only being offered in Japan, Western fans have no choice but to consider importing these items.
Monster Hunter: World is slated to hit retailers on Jan. 26,2018 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. PC gamers will have to wait until fall 2018 to experience the game. Despite its delay, gamers should appreciate the fact that Capcom will work to deliver a great experience with the PC port.